The band's headline show at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience utilised audience participation for a very specific purpose

Arcade Fire recorded their audience singing a melody from a new song during their headline show at the New Orleans festival Voodoo Music + Arts Experience last night (October 30).

The Montreal-based band played their first headline show in over three months with their slot at the Louisiana festival, with the show also notable for frontman Win Butler saying “Fuck British Petroleum” from the stage in reference to the oil company’s compensation payment to the US state.

While Arcade Fire didn’t perform any new material last night – unlike the day before (October 29), where they played new songs during an intimate secret set at Voodoo Music – Butler did take the opportunity to invite the band’s audience to contribute to a new song.

As Pitchfork reports, Butler asked the audience “if they’d like to be on a record.” Met with cheers, he then asked them to repeat a melody, with the intention of it being used in the final recording of a forthcoming new song. Watch that moment below.

The band’s setlist last night spanned their expansive discography – see that in full below:
Ready to Start
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Reflektor
Afterlife
We Exist
Normal Person
Keep the Car Running
Intervention
My Body Is a Cage
We Used to Wait
No Cars Go
Haïti
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
(with Ghostbusters Theme snippet)
Here Comes the Night Time
Wake Up